The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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October 6, 2011

145th Airlift Wing Commander Pins on First Star

Thursday, October 6, 2011 — CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The men and women of North Carolina Air National Guard’s 145th Airlift Wing gathered yesterday as the commander of the 145th Airlift Wing, Tony E. McMillan was promoted to the brigadier general rank.  North Carolina’s Adjutant General, Major General Gregory A. Lusk presided over the ceremony at the NCANG base here.

General McMillan provides leadership and management to the assigned flying, logistics and support units that provide manpower, equipment and training to perform wartime missions and provide assistance to state and federal emergency management agencies in times of disaster. North Carolina Chief Deputy Secretary for Crime Control and Public Safety Gerald Rudisill said McMillan is held in high esteem across the country as a motivational and military leader. Through subordinate commanders McMillan plans, organizes, directs and controls the flying mission, maintenance and protection of assigned C130H aircraft, real property and assigned personnel.

According to Lusk, McMillan sits on several national boards that are key to the future, quality and effectiveness of the national Guard, adding “He’s received a lot of national recognition for his accomplishments.”  Lusk added,  “We’ve got the right guy in the right place at the right time.”

Lusk continued that McMillan’s leadership has made the NCANG “indispensable” to our nations’ disaster preparedness.”  Joining the Guard in 1993, after ten years active duty that included service as a pilot instructor, he has commanded flying and operations units. He is a command pilot with over 5,000 hours of military flying time.

McMillan becomes the first NCANG Wing Commander who happens to hold the general officer  rank since 1976.  He assumed command of the 145th AW in December 2004. “I really enjoy the job as wing commander,” he said.   Recognizing that he’ll have additional state level duties, the general concluded, “It’s great that I can maintain the position and continue to work with the same great people.”

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